October is AAC awareness month. Have you thought about what you would like to do to celebrate? Here are some ideas:
Host a silent morning tea. You can find all the information you need here: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/silent-morning-tea/ .
Raise funds for ISSAC Australia with “I have something to say” wristbands – available for $2 each from Meredith Allan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advertise the ISAAC 2018 international conference on the Gold Coast with fridge magnets, also available from Meredith.
Or stay tuned for an exciting ISAAC Australia opportunity… details to follow!
Researchers at Deakin University need your help! We want to know how parents of children with a disability search for information about AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) online. AAC is any type of communication that replaces or supports spoken language. It can include sign language, picture cards, symbol or alphabet boards, and electronic speech-generating devices.
This study will require you to complete a survey, and attend a 2-hour internet searching session. Participants will receive a $20 gift voucher for their attendance.
Who can participate?
To participate in this study, you need to be:
- Over 18 years old
- Able to speak and read English
- A parent of a child who uses any type of aided-AAC to communicate
- Able to travel to one of our research sites: Melbourne city, Burwood, Geelong, Waurn Ponds, Dandenong, Werribee or Craigieburn.
You must also have searched online for any health information (e.g., about yourself or your family), at least once in the past year.
For information about the study, email Dr Kate Anderson at email@example.com, or call her on 03 9251 7850.
AAC users traveling in Victoria will be glad to know that regional and metropolitan train services are now communication accessible. Find out more at www.vline.com.au/Fares-general-info/Additional-pages/Communications-Access. You can also download communication tools here.
There is a lovely video with lots of AAC use at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP1kQPFV3GM.
ISAAC Australia is excited to announce that the ISAAC international conference is coming down under for the first time ever. The conference will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018. This news was announced at the 2016 ISAAC conference in Toronto on 10th August. Watch this space for more details!
Did you know that people who use AAC can attend the Liberator AAC Summit for free? The summit will be held in Melbourne on 21st and 2nd July 2016. More details are available at http://liberator.net.au/aac-summit.
The Victorian Disability Advisory Council is looking for new members. If you are interested, please refer to the attached document. VDAC recruitment Advert
Thanks to Fiona Given for this article:
AAC Voice Halloween Picnic
This year AAC Voice marked AAC Awareness Month by hosting a Halloween themed picnic on the 31st October at the Kokoda Memorial Track picnic area in Rhodes.
We really appreciated the people who were new to AAC Voice, especially those who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), who came.
People used a range of low tech and high tech AAC. We also had a variety of AAC methods demonstrated on the day. These included PODD communication systems, Liberator communication devices and Key Word Sign NSW.
There were witches and fairies. The picnic area was decorated in true Halloween style with Halloween balloons, tablecloths and even a pumpkin!
The greatest thing about this year’s event was the diversity of the people who came. There were people who used AAC, speech pathologists, owner and chef from a nearby pizza restaurant, an audiologist, a teacher, a GP and a social worker. We really did raise awareness of AAC